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Just wanted to poll everyone here. The cost of living keeps going up everywhere, but the minimum wage is still low all over the country.

Most companies these days are looking for cheap labor and even some desk jobs pay minimum wage.

Would you work at minimum wage? Or have you ever worked at minimum wage? Share you experiences...
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Off course I would. I worked on minimum wage at a supermarket whilst at university. I learnt about Admin, team work, customer service and it also made me more commercially aware.

You wont be on minimum wage forever. Once you have proved your self you manager will be looking to promote you. Or you can carry on looking for a better paid job.

Its better to be working on the minimum wage then sitting at home.

But it depends on your circumstances.

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I work for minimum wage.. I make roughly $1200-1400 CDN in-change after the government takes their part, my health benefits come off, and my pension/employment insurance comes off.

That's providing I work a full 80 hours.
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Depends on how hungry you are and what commitments you have to meet. Of course we would all work for the minimum wage if there is no other option.
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I work for minimum wage.. I make roughly $1200-1400 CDN in-change after the government takes their part, my health benefits come off, and my pension/employment insurance comes off.

That's providing I work a full 80 hours.

In anyones book that is a GOOD minimum wage. Equates to $600-$700 a week. Here in Australia a minimum wage after tax is about $426 ....

But on subject YES i would if i had to. If it came to a place where i didnt have to i wouldnt, but if needed be of course. The sad thing is many wouldnt and would rather sit in there house, drinking drugging and taking money off the Government. Its called the Dole here in Aust.
As for rising Utilities and such its hard here as for instance, 12 months ago a power bill for the 1/4 was $380 odd and now it has gone up 61% in 12 months.
Go figure and i do really feel for the people that struggle and have to turn off every appliance just to try and bring it down. So electricity isnt a necessity anymore its becoming a Luxury that people just cant afford ... End Rant

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Ya gotts ta eats. I'd give pole dancing a go first though. You never know, maybe I'd be good at it?

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Yeah, every 2 weeks I clear about $730 after dedubctions.. I live fairly comfortable to say the least.

One cool thing, I'm moving in with my girl, which will eliminate a rent payment, and I'll be able to afford a car

The first one I've ever owend at that!
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I'll be able to afford a car
Nice one. The ultimate independence that is having a car. It will change your life as you know it

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Just be thankful that you have a job. Some people aren't so lucky, especially with this economy.

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Ya gotts ta eats. I'd give pole dancing a go first though. You never know, maybe I'd be good at it?
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Yes, I've worked for minimum wage but that was when I was in high school. Would I now? Absolutely not. There is one simple reason for this: I have three university degrees and I think it's fair to say that warrants a much higher salary.

That said, there is nothing wrong with working for minimum wage. Minimum wage is $10.25/hr in my province which means you make $358.75 before taxes a week which may or may not be enough depending on where you live. As long as someone is comfortable with the job and manages their finances, minimum wage should work. It's set at a certain value for a reason.

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Nice one. The ultimate independence that is having a car. It will change your life as you know it

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Oohhhh I know all about it.. I've dated girls who've owned cars.. I'm just at the point in my life where I NEED a car.. Not just want one.
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LOL. That hurts man.

Seriously though, I worked minimum throughout high school and college as a landscaper and made a tad bit more than that as a LEO. I won't dig holes anymore because I'm just not that fit anymore. I won't be spit on or fight with idiots at 3 AM again for any price because I'm far less patient and tolerant than I was in my 20's, so that's out too. As an AIX Admin with 10+ years working in the enterprise field, I certainly wouldn't provide that specific skill set to any corporation for a minimum wage contract. Fortunately, thanks mainly to my wife's financial planning, we socked away several years worth of living in liquid cash aside from the 401k stuff. The most likely scenario would be my wife going back to work until I found something worth doing. Then again, we still have title to just under 100 acres in Illinois, so I may just retire early and raise Alpacas.

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Minimum wage may be the single biggest factor besides unemployment for families living
with their parents or in-laws but that aside yes I like to eat so if I had to so be it.
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In a sense we all work for minimum wage, providing we have chosen to work rather than wait on government, family or friends for financial support.

Very few people willingly work for less than their skill, experience and current job market allows them to command. Working or not working (in normal times--a lot of people out of work right now who would rather work) is a choice. How much you earn, minimum wage or much higher, depends on personal circumstance.

Bottomline: to me the question isn't would you work for minimum wage, but do you want to take personal responsibility for your future?

I've always wanted to be smart, handsome and modest. But, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with two out of three . . .
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